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PMA 4190 : American Shakespeare
Crosslisted as: AMST 4194, ENGL 4291 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
John O'Connor
What is distinctive about American Shakespeare? Is it merely a less confident cousin of its more prestigious UK relative; or does it have a character of its own? What is currently happening with 'American Shakespeare' that is not happening anywhere else? This course is designed explicitly to exploit the wide variety of human and material resources of the DC and surrounding area, such as the Folger Shakespeare Library and Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre and the Blackfriars Playhouse at Staunton. While encountering a number of plays, students will have the opportunity to see at least three live performances and numerous movies, consider the history of Shakespeare in America and learn from actors, directors, scholars and designers.
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PMA 3815 : Acting in Public: Performance in Everyday Life
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Telling jokes to a friend, making introductions, guiding meetings large and small, constructing and delivering business presentations, legal arguments or formal speeches are all examples of public performances.  The purpose of this course is to increase the student's effectiveness in meeting the demands and enjoying the opportunities of public performance.  The focus of this course is the student him/herself. What are the hallmarks of effective performance and how can you learn them? Employing techniques from actor/director training as well as dramatic writing, this course focuses the student on their own resources and self-imposed restrictions as a public speaker in everyday life. Subjects explored will include stage presence, audience connection, stage fright and mannerisms, speech making as storytelling, and gaining familiarity and finding comfort with one's own voice and gestures.  Public speaking will be taught as a craft that can be learned through understanding and practice.Acting skill and experience are not required to take this course.   Students must, however, be willing to attend all classes and learn by doing.  Class size limited to 12 students.
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PMA 3800 : Acting II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Practical exploration of the actor's craft through exercises in physical and psychological action, improvisation and scene study.
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PMA 3757 : American Drama and Theatre
Crosslisted as: AMST 3360, ENGL 3360 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Explores major American playwrights from 1900 to 1960, introducing students to American theatre as a significant part of modern American cultural history. We will consider the ways in which theatre has contributed to the construction and deconstruction of a national identity. Similarly, we will examine the influence of the American Theatre on and in film. We will pay special attention to the social, political, and aesthetic contexts of the time period and discuss the shifting popularity of dramatic forms, including melodrama, realism, expressionism, absurdism, and the folk play, in the American theatre canon. Authors include O'Neill, Glaspell, Odets, Rice, Hellman, Hughes, Miller, Williams, and Albee, among others.
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PMA 3751 : Global Stages II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course is designed to introduce students to a range of historical, cross-cultural, and transnational performance texts, theories, and practices; to motivate students to examine the broad social, political, cultural, and economic contexts in which performances take place; and to familiarize students with the major methodologies and paradigms for the creation, spectatorship, and interpretation of embodied performances. Our investigations of these issues will be routed through three organizing concepts: conquest, commerce, and community.
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PMA 3680 : Sound Design
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 3431 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Covering the basics of digital audio, bioacoustics, psychoacoustics and sound design, as they apply to theatre, film and music production.  Students create soundscapes for text and moving image using ProTools software.
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PMA 3660 : Costume Design Studio
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Design of costumes for theatre and film, concentrating on script and character analysis, period research, design elements, figure drawing and rendering skills, and an understanding of production style.
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PMA 3650 : Automated Lighting and Control Systems
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Covers the understanding and application of light control technologies, including electrical systems, color, optics, dimming protocols, and console programming. Students complete a series of projects culminating in the programming and use of moving fixtures and lighting visualization software.
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PMA 3615 : Costume Construction Studio
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Introduction to draping and patterning basics followed by research, experimentation, and translation of historic silhouettes and structure.  Previous basic machine sewing experience helpful but not required.
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PMA 3610 : Intermediate Production Laboratory
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Collaborate with a faculty member in the development and production of a live event, in a mentored role of Assistant Designer, Assistant Director, or Assistant Choreographer.
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